Kogi: Thugs Stone Wada at Election Tribunal

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Former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

It was a near-tragic outing for former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, on Tuesday as thugs hauled stones at his vehicle at the State governorship election tribunal sitting at the Jabi district of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The incident occurred about 1:35 pm at the premises of an Abuja High Court where the tribunal was located.

Wada was at the tribunal where he is challenging the return of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the November 21, and December 5, state governorship election.

The thugs who besieged his vehicle outside the tribunal chanting solidarity songs in favour of APC, later went wild and started hauling stones at his vehicle.

His driver sensing danger quickly sped off at a neck- breaking speed even as security operatives were left helpless.

Reacting to the development, the governor described the attack on him as barbaric, acts of beastality and in responsibility to recourse to acts of thuggery.

His Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Jacob Edi who spoke on the matter condemned the development in its totality.

“To think that this took place in the premises of a court of law is highly condemnable whoever their paymasters are. For us, no condition will make us recourse to thuggery.

“Thuggery in obsolete and no longer lucrative. One of the cardinal achievements of Capt. Wada is that he put an end to thuggery because he believed that energies of the youth should be put into productive use and not destructive acts.”

Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned hearing of the petition between the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Yahaya Bello to April 11 and 12, 2016.
The petition by Labour Party (LP) against Yahaya Bello was adjourned to April 6 and 7, 2016.

In the petition by Wada, proceedings were stalled following the inability of counsel to parties to resolve the issues arising from the schedule of documents to be tendered by the petitioner.

Accordingly, the tribunal adjourned till April 13.

Wada’s petition, which is been handled by Chief Chris Uche, (SAN) leading two other Senior Advocates of Nigeria among other lawyers, had the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as respondents.

  • vic

    ALL CORRUPT GOVERNORS NEED TO BE METED OUT DIRECT PUNISHMENTS BY THE MASSES OF NIGERIA WHOSE FUNDS THESE CROOKS HAVE CRATERED AWAY. THESE GOVERNOR LOOTERS SHOULD FIND IT HARD TO WALK PEACEFULLY IN THE NIGERIAN STREETS.

  • Efula

    ‘They robbed him victory and they now want to eliminate him. APC is a mafia party

  • Teejay, Abuja

    Wada and his predecessor,Ibro were the worst thing to have happened to Kogi State. Just take a stroll to the state and u will weep for Kogites, especially the youths who have been rendered hopeless by successive governments. Audu Abubakar of blessed memory would’ve been the messiah.

  • Mukhtari

    those advocating violence and thuggery and paying them will be consumed by it. remember a mob had no name. if throwing stones become the norm. there are stones everywhere, no one is safe.

    • vic

      ONLY FOR THE THIEVES AND TREASURY LOOTERS.

    • The-LAW

      Wise saying .! if eventually the stoning is real means it has come to stay in the system .

  • Ik Hammer

    Any past governor from 1999 stoned by Nigerians is justified. Since the judiciary can’t handle their cases, Nigerians Will handle it.

  • clippers12

    They need to lower the salaries of politicians……this is a job that in most society you would not fight over. Get electricity for all then this job would be in the dust pan as priority in life.

  • vic

    GOOD FOR HIS TEETH. THEY NEED TO BE STONED REGULARLY IN THE NIGERIAN STREETS TO GIVE THEM JUSTICE BY THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE WHO THEY ROBBED.